After actively lucid dreaming for more than seven years—during which time I was led home to Christ through my dreams—these are my preliminary thoughts on the spiritual nature of dreaming. The following essay was written the morning after I prayed to God to help me understand the nature of the dream space, and had a series of dreams from which these insights flowed:
Just as we all live on one planet earth, we all inhabit one dream space. And we all have our being, the universe exists, within God, not the other way around. God is not in space, space is in God. In physical waking life, our thoughts and feelings, our imaginations—our inner life—are not experienced by others except in how we express ourselves. My theory is that, in dreams, this is also the case, but we have less control over what we express and reveal to others, especially when we aren’t lucid. Also, our soul may take over in the dream space as it cannot in waking life, and all sorts of innermost desires and grievances and hopes may be unleashed in the dream world that are normally restrained. MOST IMPORTANTLY, just as our actions and behavior and beliefs impact the society we live in and affect the planet, so too then, following this reasoning, our actions in dreams help create the dream space we all inhabit. This puts lucid dreamers in a unique position to help create a better dream world with their actions, or the opposite. Lucid dreamers are, for the most part it seems, surrounded by non-lucid dreamers, yet that does not mean that how we interact with them does not affect their dream and therefore their minds, hearts and souls.
Christian lucid dreamers can share the Good News even when asleep.
The REAL MYSTERY is how we end up where we do in dreams and who we find ourselves interacting with. In waking life, physical proximity and circumstances and virtual communication largely determines where we go and who we hang out with and why. In dreams the invisible Spirit within us is much more obviously at work, and I often end up interacting with people in dreams who need my help, or who can help and direct me. Many times—when I am not lucid—I seem to inhabit other people as I experience what they do as if I was them, and although sometimes I am aware of not being them, I still have to live what they are living. This is an extreme dream version of waking life empathy. This happens way too many times in contemporary environments to consider past lives as an explanation (which I don’t, because I no longer believe in reincarnation). Parallel universes are also out, since no universe but ours is known to exist, let alone contain the necessary and absolutely unlikely fine tuning for conscious life.
As a general rule, lucid dreamers agree that a great deal goes on in lucid dreams that comes from outside us and is not determined by our beliefs and which cannot be controlled, and this includes special so-called “Dream Characters” whose abilities, knowledge and wisdom far exceed our own. What many lucid dreamers do not want to acknowledge is that there are hostile conscious forces as well as helpful conscious forces at work in our dreams just as in waking reality. In psychiatry, the “shadow” is seen as an aspect of our self, like everything else in a dream. As a Christian, I believe in the Enemy and in conscious invisible forces that can negatively influence our thoughts and feelings to help create this “shadow self” in the first place. If we have to deal with actual enemies in waking life, you can bet we also have to deal with them in the dream space.
My initial conclusions are these—We should behave in dreams as we would in the real world, seeking to know ourselves and our intentions as lucidly as possible while always being open to learning from, sharing with, and helping others, which we can do much more freely (especially the helping part) and mysteriously more effectively, soul to soul in dreams than we can in waking life.